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French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating dropped by 10 points according to an Ifop poll released on Sunday, hitting 54% in his third month in office.

According to Journal dy Dimanche, French voters were “either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute...

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Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer finally has some issues with Hillary Clinton’s 25 plus excuses for losing the US election to Donald Trump.

Schumer also came clean and admitted that Russia is not to blame for the election loss, but rather a lack of a message to voters.

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On the latest CrossTalk, Peter Lavelle welcomed Bullhorns Dmitry Babich, Xavier Moreau and The Duran’s Adam Garrie to discuss the biggest geo-political issues of the week.

The vigorous debate covered issues ranging from Donald Trump’s order to withdraw CIA arms to Salafist...

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has given his second State of The Nation address during which he affirmed his commitment to carry forward the war on drugs and related crime including terrorism. Fighting Philippines’ drug and related crime epidemic was one of the central planks of...

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China is becoming increasingly emboldened in its expressions of anger towards any country which violates its sovereignty.

On the 2nd of July, shortly before this year’s G20 conference in Hamburg, China scrambled vessels and fighter jets when the USS  Stethem breached maritime...

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Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki is in Moscow where he openly declared that he seeks a military and political alliance with the Russian Federation. After talks with Valentina Matvienko, the Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia, al-Maliki stated the following,

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Jared Kushner, US President Trump’s son-in-law, has published a lengthy and detailed statement setting out his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 Presidential election.

The statement is published immediately prior to Kushner giving evidence...

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A pair of Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy spy plane over the East China Sea on Sunday, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of an American aircraft, two US officials told Reuters on Monday.

The US officials, who are remaining anonymous, said the initial...

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In my lengthy discussion of the new anti-Russian sanctions package, which the US House of Representatives is expected to vote for tomorrow, I said that the EU would be furious at being presented by the US with a sanctions fait accompli introduced without any prior consultation, and which...

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In March of 2017, bills were introduced in the US Senate and House of Representatives which would criminalise support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as well as other organisations which advocate for a boycott of Israel and Israeli products.

Journalist Rob...

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Ever since Iraq restored a measure of self-government after the illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of the country which saw US and UK troops overthrow the Ba’ath party of former President Saddam Hussein, one witnessed the seemingly odd spectre of a government that came to power on the...

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Last week The Duran reported on Israel’s foreign ministry issuing a statement denouncing globalist George Soros, calling the regime change billionaire “a threat.”

Reuters reported on the statement…

Israel’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denouncing U.S....

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The Mueller probe into Trump’s imaginary connection to Russia is expanding without limit or scope, moving now towards investigating Trump family past business dealings with anything and anyone Russian.

Pat Buchanan went on Fox News’ Hannity to weigh in on Mueller’s special counsel...

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The Al-Masdar news agency – possibly the single most reliable news outlet covering the Syrian war, with seemingly extensive contacts inside the Syrian army – has just reported that the Syrian army has broken through the last hill top defence lines before the ISIS held town of Al-Sukhnah...

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The Polish authorities recently signed into law a hyper-nationalist motion which will lead to the removal of hundreds of Soviet-era monuments in the country, with some being placed in obscure “museums” and others being destroyed. Approximately 600,000 Red Army soldiers sacrificed their...

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News that the Republicans and the Democrats in the House of Representatives have agreed on a new sanctions package against Russia will be deeply unwelcome news, and not just or even primarily in Moscow.

The new sanctions package will not have the big impact on the Russian economy...

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Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared an emboldened position on the nation’s war against drugs and related crime.

During a recent speech, Widodo stated,

“I have told you, just be firm, especially with foreign drug dealers who enter the country...

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Tensions in Jerusalem have risen to their highest levels since 2014 when the so-called Silent Intifada broke out surrounding rage at Israel over its war on Gaza. The 2014 conflict ended with both sides claiming victory, but was in actual effect largely a stalemate which led to the re-...

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A few weeks after a huge NATO exercise in the Baltic – provocatively conducted around three sides of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad – ships of the Chinese navy have arrived in the Baltic to conduct joint naval exercises with the Russian navy there.

Here is a video of the...

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The United States appears to be on a course of permanently backing down from the following: conflict with Syrian forces in Syria, open disagreements which could lead to conflict with Russian forces in Syria, attempts to take the ‘lead’ in Syria, relations with Salafist terrorist groups in...

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The commander of the US Special Operations Command, Gen. Raymond Thomas, has dropped a bombshell in an interview reported by Newsweek.

According to Thomas, his forces operating in Syria are in violation of international law and Russia has the legal high ground:

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Russia will hold Presidential elections on 18 March, 2018. Thus far the only eligible candidate with free access to the race to declare his candidacy is political veteran Vladimir Zhirinovsky who leads the LDPR (ЛДПР), formerly known as the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.

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Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki recently stated that the Trump administration does not have a clear policy vision, let alone policy plan for the Middle East. Events on the ground bear this out, but the fact is that America’s isolation from the future progress of the Middle East...

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In a tirade against Russia based news outlets RT and Sputnik, Donald Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Russia for interfering not only in the 2016 US Presidential election but “the one before that and the one before that”. This would imply that Russia helped install Barack Obama in...

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Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki is on his way to Moscow for meetings with Russian officials including President Putin. Recently, Iraq confirmed the purchase of a large quantify of T-90 tanks from Russia and Iraq’s Vice President recent confirmed that he seeks to purchase further...

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The government of the Syrian Arab Republic has written to the United Nations demanding that the international body compensate Syria for its human and material loses which resulted from illegal US and US allied bombings of Syrian infrastructure.

The letter comes shortly after Russia...

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The Washington Post dripped another Deep State “Russia” leak targeting Attorney Jeff Sessions.

According to the WaPo, former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s two conversations with Jeff Sessions (then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump), were ...

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During his recent interview with NBC, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded sarcastically to questions about how many times Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may have met during the G20 saying that perhaps they went to the toilet together.

He then compared the situation...

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In April of this year, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had a phone conversation with Donald Trump in which the US President invited his Philippine counterpart to the United States. However, Donald Trump’s Congressional opponents have voiced their opposition to the move.

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The Federation Council (upper house) of the Federal Assembly of Russia just ratified relevant legislation which after Presidential approval will enshrine into a law an agreement to maintain a presence of Russian forces in the Syrian Arab Republic for 49 years.

The measure allows...

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Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned from his position.

According to early reports, Spicer was staunchly opposed to Trump’s appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director.

Spicer will be replaced by Sarah...

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The United States is set to implement and enforce a ban on all US citizens travelling to North Korea according to a statement from Young Pioneer Tours, a travel agency based in China which offers Americans and others the opportunity to go on sightseeing tours of North Korea.

The...

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A new counter-terrorism report from the Indonesian Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict has investigated and confirmed claims that the ISIS insurgency in southern Philippines, particularly on the island of Mindanao is partly funded by ISIS syndicates in the Middle East, including and...

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The US mainstream media has been going into Russophobic overdrive ever since it was announced that Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to stop funding Salafist terrorists in Syria, a program that was a flagship policy of Barack Obama.

As the Duran pointed out, the development is a...

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Today marks the second week after the Noble Sanctuary (Ḥaram al-Sharif) in Jerusalem was re-opened after it was shut down for the first time in nearly two decades.

Fortress like security barricades and armed check points continue to greet worshippers at the holy site, a move which...

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A day after Baghdad confirmed the purchase and delivery of multiple T-90 tanks from Russia, Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has praised Russia for its vital role in the fight against terrorism.

Although Russian forces have fought terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in...

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The elite Republican Guard of the Syrian Arab Army along with Hezbollah and the volunteer militia National Defence Force have begun heavy operations along the Syria-Lebanon border against entrenched Salafist militants including al-Qaeda forces (known locally by the name Jabhat Fatah al-...

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The New York Times is reporting that US President Trump is asking his advisers about his power to pardon family members in connection with the the special counsel probe, as well as taking a more offensive stance against the Robert Mueller witch-hunt that is forming under the cover of the ...

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Yesterday The Duran confirmed news that Donald Trump has fully shifted US policy in Syria away from arming and aiding Salafist/jihadist terrorist fighters, and now now allying exclusively with Kurdish.

President Trump decided to end a disastrous Obama program to train, fund and arm...

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Kuwaiti officials have given Iranian diplomats 24 hours to leave the country as authorities prepare to shut down the Iranian cultural mission to the country.

The stated cause from Kuwaiti authorities is the conviction of individuals that Kuwait has named as terrorists. The...

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Julian Assange has offered a strong endorsement of Donald Trump’s decision to stop the CIA programme to arm Salafist jihadist fighters in Syria. This was one of the flagship policies of the Obama administration.

The Wikileaks founder expressed his views in two Tweets which are...

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Today, Russia’s Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the issue of America ceasing to arm Salafist jihadist groups in Syria such as the FSA was not discussed in any way during Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin. 

This conforms to the analysis first published...

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China is fast  becoming the world leader in green energy production and in the innovation of technologies to more effectively harness green energy.

One of the keys to understanding China’s green revolution lies in China’s ability to quickly produce large quantities of modern green...

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While members of Russia’s Presidential administration and governing United Russia party have stated that Russia will remain committed to enforcing the MINSK II agreements and shall not make any moves to endorse the Malorossiya declaration, members of Russia’s leading opposition parties...

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MSNBC’s, Hallie Jackson wanted to see what “the rest of America” (the one outside NY, LA, and SF) thought of President Trump, by interviewing Donald Trump voters in Central Virginia.

Joining MSNBC was Washington Post White House Correspondent Ashley Parker, who suggested that...

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Americans are concerned about health care and jobs…35% and 13%.

The mainstream media is concerned with Russia conspiracy theories…75%.

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The Iraqi government will soon take delivery of a “large batch” of Russian made T-90 tanks according to Russian Presidential aid Vladimir Kozhin.

The move comes as Iraq plans to upgrade its armed forces in order to better secure the country in the wake of what has largely been...

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Barack Obama was particularly harsh toward Syrian-Christian refugees.

Aside from supporting and funding Al Qaeda and ISIS to remove Assad and ethically cleanse Syria of all Christians and Jews (which Assad historically protected), Obama was discriminatory in his immigration policy...

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Last week Fox News reported that more senior Barack Obama officials are thought to be involved in the unmasking of Donald Trump and his associates during the 2016 presidential election.

As the mainstream media foams at the mouth over “fake crime” Trump-Russia connections, the...

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State-owned Turkish news outlet Anadolu Agency has published a Tweet of purported previously undisclosed locations of US bases in Syria. The Tweet remains on Anadolu’s official Twitter account, but the Duran has taken the decision not to republish it until a later date due to alleged...

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